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Abstract #3541

3D Real-Time MRI of Vocal Tract Shaping

Yongwan Lim1, Yinghua Zhu1, Sajan Goud Lingala1, Dani Byrd1, Shrikanth S Narayanan1, and Krishna S Nayak1

1University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States

We demonstrate a new three-dimensional (3D) real-time MRI technique for the study of dynamic vocal tract shaping during human speech production. This, for the first time, enables a comprehensive assessment of vocal tract area function dynamics. We used a minimum-phase 3D slab excitation, stack-of-spirals gradient echo sequence, pseudo golden-angle view order in kx-ky, linear Cartesian order along kz, and sparse SENSE image reconstruction with spatiotemporal finite difference constraints. This provides 2.4 x 2.4 x 5.8 mm3 spatial resolution, 72 ms temporal resolution, and a 200 x 200 x 70 mm3 field-of-view, which covers the entire adult human vocal tract.

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